nice little earner

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nice little earner

A job or business that is very profitable. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. This photography gig that I got a few months ago turned out to be a nice little earner.
See also: earner, little, nice

a nice little earner

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If you describe something as a nice little earner, you mean that it is something that you can make money from easily. T-shirts are a nice little earner and it's better than the dole.
See also: earner, little, nice

a nice little earner

a profitable activity or business. British informal
1996 Independent Today's children know a nice little earner when they see one.
See also: earner, little, nice
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We need to have a best in class, modern, efficient competitive market and that is one that is needed to be based on competition, not on stable, nice little earners.
Utility Regulator chief executive Jenny Pyper said: "It has been described to me by business representatives as a nice little earner, it has been a top-up payment.
It was only through contact with these people that I realised where a considerable amount of our taxes are being eaten up and it made me wonder what other jobs that I would characterise as nice little earners exist in our national and public services.
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It seems that our woes - often our desperation - over disputed bills, debt, pension rights, etc are helping run up nice little earners for lines linked to Whitehall departments dealing with services such as Universal Credit, Bereavement and Blind Person's Allowance.
It's not known how much Fish pocketed from the private show, but corporate gigs have become one of rock's nice little earners in recent years, with Elton John reported to charge pounds 320,000 per gig.
Taking pounds 500,000-a-year from US bank JP Morgan as one of a "handful" of nice little earners is what he strived for.
He has lined up a couple of nice little earners in the City and a money-spinning number with Ford.